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Muslim MPs want age of marriage to be 18

Muslim Members of Parliament are asking that the minimum age of marriage for women of their community be raised from 12 to 18 years.

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem told RepublicNext that the Muslim MPs met in Parliament yesterday and made this proposal.

Hakeem said that the MPs have asked the Minister for Muslim Religious Affairs to draft the necessary amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act and send them on to Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale.

Currently, the age of marriage under this act is 12 years for Muslim women.

Many Muslim activists and women’s groups have been urging the government to amend the Act for many years.

In May Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe vowed to make this amendment and raise the age of marriage to 18 years bringing it in line with other personal laws in Sri Lanka.

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